Self-Regulatory Organizations; Boston Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Relating to the Directed Orders Process on the Boston Options Exchange, 77207-77209 [E5-8043]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 249 / Thursday, December 29, 2005 / Notices proposal to attract additional order flow largely due to the simplification and reduction of per share fee rates, especially in connection with customer and broker-dealer orders. Therefore, the Exchange maintains that the proposed Exchange Traded Funds transaction fee changes, in the aggregate, are an equitable allocation of reasonable fees among Exchange members. IV. Solicitation of Comments 2. Statutory Basis • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–Amex–2005–122 on the subject line. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act,12 in general, and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(4) of the Act,13 in particular, in that it is intended to assure the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees, and other charges among its members and issuers and other persons using its facilities. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change, as amended, will impose any inappropriate burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were either solicited or received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action The foregoing proposed rule change, as amended, has been designated as a fee change pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 14 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) 15 thereunder, because it establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the Exchange. Accordingly, the proposal, as amended, will take effect upon filing with the Commission. At any time within 60 days of the filing of such proposed rule change the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.16 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(4). 14 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). 15 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 16 The effective date of the original proposed rule change is November 29, 2005, the effective date of Amendment No. 1 is December 14, 2005, and the effective date of Amendment No. 2 is December 21, 2005. For purposes of calculating the 60-day period Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–9303. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–Amex–2005–122. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change, as amended, that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Amex. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–Amex–2005–122 and should be submitted on or before January 19, 2006. 12 15 wwhite on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 13 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:56 Dec 28, 2005 Jkt 208001 within which the Commission may summarily abrogate the proposed rule change, as amended, under Section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, the Commission considers the period to commence on December 21, 2005, the date on which the Exchange submitted Amendment No. 2. See 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C). 17 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77207 For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.17 Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–8059 Filed 12–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–53015; File No. SR–BSE– 2005–52] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Boston Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Relating to the Directed Orders Process on the Boston Options Exchange December 22, 2005. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on November 25, 2005, the Boston Stock Exchange, Inc. (‘‘BSE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the BSE. On December 20, 2005, BSE filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.3 The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend the rules of the Boston Options Exchange (‘‘BOX’’) to clarify the information contained in a ‘‘Directed Order’’ on BOX. The text of the proposed rule change is available on the BOX’s Web site (http://www.bostonoptions.com), at the principal office of BOX, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the BSE included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 Amendment No. 1 amends the rule text to include additional language in Chapter V, Section 14(e) of the BOX Rules clarifying that the identities of Options Participants that send Directed Orders to the Trading Host are not anonymous. 2 17 E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 77208 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 249 / Thursday, December 29, 2005 / Notices rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The BSE has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. wwhite on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose BSE seeks to clarify the information contained in a ‘‘Directed Order’’ on BOX. Market Makers are able to handle orders on an agency basis directed to them by Order Flow Providers (‘‘OFPs’’). In Chapter I, Section 1 of the BOX Rules, a Directed Order is defined as a Customer order directed to a Market Maker by an OFP. An OFP sends a Directed Order to BOX with a designation of the Market Maker to whom the order is to be directed. BOX then routes the Directed Order to the appropriate Market Maker. Under Chapter VI, Section 5(c)(ii) of the BOX Rules, a Market Maker only has two choices when he receives a Directed Order: (1) Submit the order to the PIP process; or (2) send the order back to BOX for placement onto the BOX Book. The BSE proposes to amend Chapter V, Section 14(e) and Chapter VI, Section 5(c)(i) of the BOX Rules to clarify that unlike all other orders submitted to the BOX Trading Host, Directed Orders are not anonymous.4 The Options Participant identification number (‘‘Participant ID’’) of the OFP sending the Directed Order will be revealed to the Market Maker recipient. The Market Maker must submit this Participant ID to BOX whenever the Market Maker chooses to submit the Directed Order and his Primary Improvement Order to the PIP process. However, once the Directed Order is submitted to the PIP process or the BOX Book, the Participant ID is not shown to any market participant and the identity of the OFP will be anonymous pursuant to Chapter V, Section 14(e) of the BOX Rules. Chapter VI, Section 5(c)(i) of the BOX Rules prohibits a Market Maker from rejecting a Directed Order. The BSE wishes to clarify that upon systematically indicating its desire to accept Directed Orders, a Market Maker that receives a Directed Order is not permitted, under any circumstances, to reject the receipt of the Directed Order 4 Telephone conversation between Jan Woo, Attorney, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, and William C. Meehan, Head of Regulation & Compliance, BOX, on December 22, 2005. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:56 Dec 28, 2005 Jkt 208001 from the BOX Trading Host nor reject the Directed Order back to the OFP who sent it. A Market Maker who desires to accept Directed Orders must systemically indicate that it is an Executing Participant (‘‘EP’’) whenever the Market Maker wishes to receive Directed Orders from the BOX Trading Host. If a Market Maker does not systemically indicate that it is an EP, then the BOX Trading Host will not forward any Directed Orders to that Market Maker. In such a case, the BOX Trading Host will send the order directly to the BOX Book. Other Clarifying Rule Change Relating to Directed Orders Currently, Chapter V, Section 14(e) of the BOX Rules states that the identity of Options Participants who submit orders to the Trading Host will remain anonymous to market participants at all times, except during error resolution or through the normal clearing process as set forth in Chapter V, Section 16(a)(vi) of the BOX Rules. The BSE proposes to amend Chapter V, Section 14(e) of the BOX Rules and add new Supplementary Material .01 to Chapter V, Section 14(e) to clarify that the Participant ID of an OFP who submits orders to the Trading Host for use in the Directed Order process will be revealed to the Market Maker who receives such Directed Orders as set forth in Chapter VI, Section 5(c) of the BOX Rules. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change, as amended, is designed to clarify the information contained in a Directed Order. This clarification will allow Options Participants to make better informed decisions in determining when and how to use the Directed Order process. Accordingly, the Exchange believes that the proposal is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act,5 in general, and Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,6 in particular, in that it is designed to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transaction in securities, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism for a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. 5 15 6 15 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others The Exchange has neither solicited nor received comments on the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which BSE consents, the Commission shall: (a) by order approve such proposed rule change, or (b) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File No. SR–BSE–2005–52 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–9303. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–BSE–2005–52. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 249 / Thursday, December 29, 2005 / Notices with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the BOX. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–BSE–2005–52 and should be submitted on or before January 19, 2006. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.7 Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary. [FR Doc. E5–8043 Filed 12–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–53016; File No. SR–CBOE– 2005–107] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Relating to its Marketing Fee Program December 22, 2005. wwhite on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on December 9, 2005, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (‘‘CBOE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The CBOE has designated this proposal as one establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the CBOE under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act 3 and Rule 19b–4(f)(2) thereunder,4 which 7 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii). 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(2). 1 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:56 Dec 28, 2005 Jkt 208001 77209 renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. marketing fee program as described above will be in effect until June 2, 2006. Remainder of Fees Schedule—No change. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change The CBOE proposes to amend its Fees Schedule and its marketing fee program. The Exchange states that these changes to the marketing fee program would be effective December 12, 2005, and would continue until June 2, 2006. Below is the text of the proposed rule change. Proposed new language is in italics; proposed deletions are in [brackets]. Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc.— Fees Schedule [December 1] December 9, 2005 1. No Change. 2. MARKETING FEE (6)(16): $[.22].65 3.–4. No Change. FOOTNOTES: (1)–(5) No Change. (6) Commencing on December 12, 2005, [T]the Marketing Fee will be assessed only on transactions of MarketMakers, RMMs, e-DPMs, DPMs, and LMMs resulting from orders for less than 1,000 contracts (i) from payment accepting firms, or (ii) that have designated a ‘‘Preferred Market-Maker’’ under CBOE Rule 8.13 at the rate of [$.22] $.65 per contract on all classes of equity options, options on HOLDRs, options on SPDRs, and options on DIA. The fee will not apply to Market-Makerto-Market-Maker transactions or transactions resulting from P/A orders. This fee shall not apply to index options and options on ETFs (other than options on SPDRs and options on DIA). If less than 80% of the marketing fee funds are paid out by the DPM/LMM or [LMM] Preferred Market-Maker in a given month, then the Exchange would refund such surplus at the end of the month on a pro rata basis based upon contributions made by the MarketMakers, RMMs, e-DPMs, DPMs and LMMs. However, if 80% or more of the accumulated funds in a given month are paid out by the DPM/LMM or [LMM] Preferred Market-Maker, there will not be a rebate for that month and the funds will carry over and will be included in the pool of funds to be used by the DPM/LMM or [LMM] Preferred MarketMaker the following month. At the end of each quarter, the Exchange would then refund any surplus, if any, on a pro rata basis based upon contributions made by the Market-Makers, RMMs, DPMs, e-DPMs and LMMs. CBOE’s PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In its filing with the Commission, the CBOE included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change, and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The CBOE has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose On November 2, 2005, the CBOE amended its marketing fee program in a number of respects in light of the recent adoption of its Preferred Market-Maker program.5 In particular, the CBOE amended its marketing fee program to provide that a Market-Maker will have access to the marketing fee funds generated by orders sent to the Exchange designating that MarketMaker as a ‘‘Preferred Market-Maker.’’ The CBOE now proposes to amend its marketing fee program, which changes would be effective December 12, 2005, and would continue until June 2, 2006 (which is the same date that the CBOE’s Preferred Market-Maker program is scheduled to expire, unless extended).6 Current Marketing Fee Program The current marketing fee is assessed upon Designated Primary MarketMakers (‘‘DPMs’’), Electronic DPMs (‘‘eDPMs’’), Remote Market-Makers (‘‘RMMs’’), Lead Market-Makers (‘‘LMMs’’), and Market-Makers at a rate 5 The Exchange states that, under its Preferred Market-Maker program, order providers can send an order to the Exchange designating any CBOE Market-Maker (including any DPM, e-DPM, LMM, RMM, and Market-Maker) as a Preferred MarketMaker. If the Preferred Market-Maker is quoting at the NBBO at the time the order is received on CBOE, the Preferred Market-Maker is entitled to a participation entitlement of 50% when there is one Market-Maker also quoting at the best bid/offer on the Exchange and 40% when there are two or more Market-Makers quoting at the best bid/offer on the Exchange. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 52506 (September 23, 2005), 70 FR 57340 (September 30, 2005) (SR–CBOE–2005–58). 6 See CBOE Rule 8.13. E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-53015; File No. SR-BSE-2005-52]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Boston Stock Exchange, Inc.; 
Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto 
Relating to the Directed Orders Process on the Boston Options Exchange

December 22, 2005.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(the ``Act''),\1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given 
that on November 25, 2005, the Boston Stock Exchange, Inc. (``BSE'' or 
``Exchange'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, 
and III below, which Items have been prepared by the BSE. On December 
20, 2005, BSE filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.\3\ The 
Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the 
proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ Amendment No. 1 amends the rule text to include additional 
language in Chapter V, Section 14(e) of the BOX Rules clarifying 
that the identities of Options Participants that send Directed 
Orders to the Trading Host are not anonymous.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend the rules of the Boston Options 
Exchange (``BOX'') to clarify the information contained in a ``Directed 
Order'' on BOX. The text of the proposed rule change is available on 
the BOX's Web site (http://www.bostonoptions.com), at the principal 
office of BOX, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, the BSE included statements 
concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed

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rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places 
specified in Item IV below. The BSE has prepared summaries, set forth 
in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such 
statements.

A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    BSE seeks to clarify the information contained in a ``Directed 
Order'' on BOX. Market Makers are able to handle orders on an agency 
basis directed to them by Order Flow Providers (``OFPs''). In Chapter 
I, Section 1 of the BOX Rules, a Directed Order is defined as a 
Customer order directed to a Market Maker by an OFP. An OFP sends a 
Directed Order to BOX with a designation of the Market Maker to whom 
the order is to be directed. BOX then routes the Directed Order to the 
appropriate Market Maker. Under Chapter VI, Section 5(c)(ii) of the BOX 
Rules, a Market Maker only has two choices when he receives a Directed 
Order: (1) Submit the order to the PIP process; or (2) send the order 
back to BOX for placement onto the BOX Book.
    The BSE proposes to amend Chapter V, Section 14(e) and Chapter VI, 
Section 5(c)(i) of the BOX Rules to clarify that unlike all other 
orders submitted to the BOX Trading Host, Directed Orders are not 
anonymous.\4\ The Options Participant identification number 
(``Participant ID'') of the OFP sending the Directed Order will be 
revealed to the Market Maker recipient. The Market Maker must submit 
this Participant ID to BOX whenever the Market Maker chooses to submit 
the Directed Order and his Primary Improvement Order to the PIP 
process. However, once the Directed Order is submitted to the PIP 
process or the BOX Book, the Participant ID is not shown to any market 
participant and the identity of the OFP will be anonymous pursuant to 
Chapter V, Section 14(e) of the BOX Rules.
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    \4\ Telephone conversation between Jan Woo, Attorney, Division 
of Market Regulation, Commission, and William C. Meehan, Head of 
Regulation & Compliance, BOX, on December 22, 2005.
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    Chapter VI, Section 5(c)(i) of the BOX Rules prohibits a Market 
Maker from rejecting a Directed Order. The BSE wishes to clarify that 
upon systematically indicating its desire to accept Directed Orders, a 
Market Maker that receives a Directed Order is not permitted, under any 
circumstances, to reject the receipt of the Directed Order from the BOX 
Trading Host nor reject the Directed Order back to the OFP who sent it. 
A Market Maker who desires to accept Directed Orders must systemically 
indicate that it is an Executing Participant (``EP'') whenever the 
Market Maker wishes to receive Directed Orders from the BOX Trading 
Host. If a Market Maker does not systemically indicate that it is an 
EP, then the BOX Trading Host will not forward any Directed Orders to 
that Market Maker. In such a case, the BOX Trading Host will send the 
order directly to the BOX Book.
Other Clarifying Rule Change Relating to Directed Orders
    Currently, Chapter V, Section 14(e) of the BOX Rules states that 
the identity of Options Participants who submit orders to the Trading 
Host will remain anonymous to market participants at all times, except 
during error resolution or through the normal clearing process as set 
forth in Chapter V, Section 16(a)(vi) of the BOX Rules. The BSE 
proposes to amend Chapter V, Section 14(e) of the BOX Rules and add new 
Supplementary Material .01 to Chapter V, Section 14(e) to clarify that 
the Participant ID of an OFP who submits orders to the Trading Host for 
use in the Directed Order process will be revealed to the Market Maker 
who receives such Directed Orders as set forth in Chapter VI, Section 
5(c) of the BOX Rules.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change, as amended, is 
designed to clarify the information contained in a Directed Order. This 
clarification will allow Options Participants to make better informed 
decisions in determining when and how to use the Directed Order 
process. Accordingly, the Exchange believes that the proposal is 
consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act,\5\ in 
general, and Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\6\ in particular, in that it 
is designed to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged 
in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect 
to, and facilitating transaction in securities, to remove impediments 
to and perfect the mechanism for a free and open market and a national 
market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public 
interest.
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    \5\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will 
impose any burden on competition not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed 
Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others

    The Exchange has neither solicited nor received comments on the 
proposed rule change.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for 
Commission Action

    Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may 
designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to 
be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to 
which BSE consents, the Commission shall: (a) by order approve such 
proposed rule change, or (b) institute proceedings to determine whether 
the proposed rule change should be disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change, as amended, is consistent with the Act. Comments may be 
submitted by any of the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File No. SR-BSE-2005-52 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F 
Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-9303.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-BSE-2005-52. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To 
help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/
sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all 
written statements

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with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the 
Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed 
rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those 
that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions 
of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the 
Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing also will be 
available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the 
BOX. All comments received will be posted without change; the 
Commission does not edit personal identifying information from 
submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make 
available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-BSE-
2005-52 and should be submitted on or before January 19, 2006.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\7\
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    \7\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Jonathan G. Katz,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. E5-8043 Filed 12-28-05; 8:45 am]
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